“…the microfilm machine is still widely used. It has centuries of lasting power ahead of it, and new models are still being manufactured. It’s a shame that no intrigue will greet their arrival, because these machines continue to prove essential for preserving and accessing archival materials.”
In an article for The Atlantic, Craig Saper traces the history of microfilm from its origins as a photographic novelty in the 19th century to its use in spycraft, libraries, and literary circles in the 20th century, to its continuing relevance in the 21st century and beyond. He touches on the role of microfilm in the conceptual formation of the CIA and the future of a medium with a 500-year lifespan in today’s digital world.
Read the article at The Atlantic:
Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium